Joseph Mallord William Turner Vision of Medea 1828

Artwork details

Vision of Medea
Date 1828
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1737 x 2489 mm
frame: 2210 x 2960 x 169 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

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The sorceress Medea was jilted by Jason, and slew their children to spite him. Here she performs an incantation. Ingredients for her spell are scattered on the ground to the left. She appears again above, fleeing Corinth in a chariot, and hurling her murdered children behind her.

Turner painted, and first exhibited, this picture in Rome. The coloured rope frame is a replica of the one he originally used.

February 2004

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